Our summer solstice has just passed, sunny heat has given way to cloudy drizzle, but the flowers are still bright! This rose is called Double Delight, a gift from one of my yoga students some years ago.
The bud is quite pale with pinkish edges on the petals, but as the flower opens the pink intensifies, spreading more and more through the rich cream.
The mature rose blushes from carmine to red, quite spectacular and very fragrant!
This post is dedicated to the memory of Marian van der Goes, whose memorial service is being held this morning. A sad loss for my granddaughter who will miss her Oma, and for all Marian’s family and friends. Marian had to resign from her position as Department of Conservation Otago conservator because of her illness, so New Zealand has also lost a remarkable woman who cared for nature, ‘the conservation queen’.